Becoming an Abstract Painter

An abstract painter at heart, I took a long time getting to painting as a career. Instead I pursued what I thought I should be doing. I worked as a graphic designer, sometimes for some pretty big companies.

Textured abstract with blue, green, red, orange and yellow paint. Thickly applied swirls and shapes show fashionable ladies wearing hats with long hat feathers, 18” x 24”
 
In that long break from painting I wondered why I felt so uncomfortable and stressed in an office setting. When I was younger and even into my 20s I remember painting abstract and landscape paintings. I had felt great then, so I started painting again to reduce stress. This time I naturally focused on abstracts, because I felt connected with the bold colours, thick textures and broad brush strokes of my abstract paintings.
 
Now I tell friends to hang paintings and wall art in their offices to make it professional yet comfortable, homey and inspiring. I also think anyone can paint, so pick up a paintbrush or spatula and paint on whatever surface you find. Don’t miss out on the benefits that developing your own creativity can give you.
 
Painting is spiritual. I like many artistic things, but I feel the most fulfilled when I’m painting abstracts in my studio. There is a meditative feeling I get from painting. I feel like I’m replenishing my soul every time I pick up a spatula and put it to canvas. 
 
Hat Feathers shown above is painted with acrylic paint in shades of blue, green, red, yellow and orange and measures 18" x 24". Here fashionable ladies chat in the park wearing gaily feathered hats. The feathers are so long they curve down and dance with each ladies’ movements.